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Academic Subject Certificate in Sustainability


The Academic Subject Certificate in Sustainability provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to core concepts of sustainability. This certificate is part of a system-wide effort to build sustainability content across a wide variety of courses through Sustainability or S-designated courses, as proposed and described by the UH Executive Sustainability Policy, EP 4.202 and the Windward Community College Sustainability Plan.

This certificate will prepare students to transfer to UHWO: BAS in Sustainable Community Food Systems, UHMC: BAS in Sustainability Science Management, or the UHM: Interdisciplinary Studies BA in Sustainability, Hawaiian Studies BA in Hawaiian Studies, Mālama ʻĀina "track." Perhaps more importantly, it will help students to understand the interdisciplinary nature and relevance of sustainability in any major and career.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Define sustainability on local, national, and international levels.
  • Identify the personal values and attitudes that can facilitate sustainable living.
  • Describe how the individual relates to the wider issues of sustainability.
  • Measure one’s impact on the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Identify the sociocultural values and attitudes that facilitate sustainable living at the local, regional and global levels.
  • Apply concepts of sustainability to local, regional and/or global challenges.
  • Demonstrate how concepts of sustainability are connected to local, regional and global issues.
  • Describe how traditional and indigenous perspectives inform practices of sustainability.

Required Courses: (12 Credits)

9 Credits From:

Select any three (3) sustainability focused courses (9 credits) with from the following areas of general education diversification.
Please note that available class sections (CRNs) may vary from semester to semester. You must ensure that your class section has S- (for Sustainability Focused) in the title listed in class availability. Class section titles without S- do not fulfill the requirements for the ASC in Sustainability.

  • S-focused Course in the Natural Sciences (3 Credits)
  • S-focused Course in Social Sciences/Language Arts/Humanities/Math & Business
  • S-Focused Course in Hawaiian Studies (3 Credits)

See a list of S-Designated course here.

3 Credits From:

Independent Study in the discipline of your choice- 3 Credits

  • Independent Study 199, 299 or 296 S-focused (3 credits)

*The issuance of the Academic Subject Certificate requires that the student must earn a grade of “C” or higher for all courses required in the certificate.


August 13, 2014